ACTIVE AND ASSISTED LIVING PROGRAMME

ICT for ageing well.

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PAELIFE

PAELIFE

Starting with an analysis of the existing Internet services and household ICT devices/gadgets targeted to the citizens and, in particular, to the elderly, that enhance social life and productivity, we will study the existing HCI gaps that hinder their effective adoption by the elderly. From these international studies we will select a set of Internet services and domestic ICT devices and will generate credible usage scenarios and derive corresponding user requirements and pilot applications. The project expects to empower the elderly users with a Personal Life Assistant (PLA), that will mediate and facilitate the interaction of senior citizens, with technological devices such as computers, tablets, game consoles, smartphones and home automation modules. PLA will improve the accessibility to existing services on the web, such as interactive online courses, social and entertainment media. All this will be made possible at people’s homes, since the elderly sometimes have some level of impairments caused by age, which reduces their mobility.

Objectives:

AAL PaeLIFE joins a consortium of 8 partners (Portugal, France, Hungary and Poland), focusing on individuals who are recently retired, who are used to some level of technology usage and who want to keep themselves active, independent, productive and socially engaged. PaeLIFE is our proposal for a Personal Life Assistant (PLA), a virtual presence who supports social communication, learning/teaching and entertainment and new solution of multimodal (speech, touch, gesture, biometric) Human Computer Interaction, making the elderly relationship with computers and technology easier and more natural.

Expected results and impact:

By designing the optimal mix of Human-Computer Interfaces (HCI) modalities that suit usage context and are able to deal with the momentary capabilities of the elderly, PaeLife enables the improvement of the interaction capacities. Therefore with our PLA the elderly will be able to interface with a range of services on the Internet at home. PaeLife will bring improved communication capabilities and productivity to these citizens, enhancing social interaction, providing more autonomy, a better sense of control, safety and self-esteem, allowing active ageing and improving their quality of life.

Parnters:
ORGANISATIONTYPECOUNTRYWEBSITE
MSFT – Software para Microcomputadores, LDASMEPortugalhttp://www.microsoft.com
INESC ID, Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores Investigação e Desenvolvimento em LisboaR&D InstitutePortugalhttp://www.inesc-id.pt
BME, Budapest University of Technology and EconomicsUniversityHungaryhttp://english.www.bme.hu
The Bay Zoltán Foundation for Applied ResearchR&D InstituteHungaryhttp://www.bayzoltan.hu/bay-ikti
SSW, Knowledge Society AssociationEnd- UserPolandhttp://www.ssw.org.pl/
GenitechSMEFrancehttp://genitech.com
University of Technology of TroyesUniversityFrancehttp://www.utt.fr/en/index.html
University de AveiroUniversityPortugalhttp://www.ua.pt/default.aspx?lg=en

Coordinator: MSFT – Software para Microcomputadores, LDA (Microsoft Portugal)

Duration: 24 Months

Starting Date: 24 February 2012

Total budget: 1.700.964,25 €

Public contribution: 1.308.551,85 €

Contacts:

Miguel Sales Dias,
Miguel.Dias@microsoft.com,
+351 962 093 324,
Rua do Fogo de Santelmo Lote 2.07.02, 1990-110
Lisboa

http://www.paelife.eu